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Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

It's that time of year again - school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we're

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Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Solar panels must be regularly cleaned and maintained in order to keep them operating efficiently and maximize the amount of sunlight they convert into electricity. With this in mind, a group of students

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world - the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network,

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Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

A consortium from Australia's CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of commercialization. The technology uses a specially developed

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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Tesla’s Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

Tesla’s Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

After a recent leak finally revealed that Tesla Motors' new Gigafactory is to be built in Nevada, the company confirmed the news late last week and released a new image of the proposed design. In a joint

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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused

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Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Super-Portable Solar Briefcase Lets You Carry Solar Power Everywhere You Go

Grab the handle of this self-contained solar device and go! SolarBriefcase is an amazing portable generator designed and assembled by North Carolina-based company, LinorTek. One of the most portable

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Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

The South Pacific Island of Samoa has opened the region's largest solar array, the Faleata Racecourse. Located in the capital city of Apia, the 2.2 MW photovoltaic array was built in the middle of the

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Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Michael Jantzen just unveiled designs for the Solar Rain Tree Oasis, a public gathering pavilion designed to help alleviate drought-stricken California. Made from a large prefabricated steel shell, the

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Rabelli has invested two years and his life savings of $6,500 into converting the tuk tuk, although his remaining resources are indeed scant. By his estimates, he’ll need to raise a total of $43,000 to

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Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is named after French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, who thoroughly explored the mountains in the area. It stands 3,940 ft above sea level and is one of many DNT

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Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Today's smartphones are dominated by their screens - and researchers just unveiled a new type of 100% transparent solar panel that could turn displays, windows, and other transparent surfaces into clean

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

Inspired by the hyper-modern Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed architecture at BMW Welt, Point.One S's sleek organic shape blends superior functionality and design into a symbol for environmentally friendly

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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Inspired by the colorful flowers found in the Libyan Desert, the Desert Flower sporting center is laid out in the shape of a flower cross-section. The long pistil-like area consists of a covered walkway

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a sort of cap and

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Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

Nokero International, Ltd. recently launched the Prima N202, its ninth solar-powered light bulb, at Aspen's American Renewable Energy Day Conference early this month. As a leader in solar-powered

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NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

NASA’s New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

Bigger is better when it comes to space-based solar panels - but rockets have a very limited amount of room, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

July was a banner month in Spain in terms of renewable energy production with 34 percent of the country's energy needs being met by wind and solar energy. Wind was the prominent low-carbon energy source

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Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Although The Solar Orchid project is currently only a concept proposal, Spark Architects believes the project would complement the government's recent initiative to develop floating solar islands in

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Scientists May Have Found 4.6 Billion-Year-Old Space Dust From the Beginnings of the Solar System

Scientists May Have Found 4.6 Billion-Year-Old Space Dust From the Beginnings of the Solar System

After eight years of analyzing samples from NASA's Stardust, a team of scientists may have identified seven microscopic specks of interstellar stardust that just might date back to the beginnings of the

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Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

The annual Shell-Eco Marathon challenges student teams around the world to design the best ultra energy-efficient vehicle, which is then put to the test during racing events in Asia, America and Europe.

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Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based startup Semprius have found a way to tackle both these

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Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

For the first time, scientists have figured out a way to create efficient, affordable spray-on solar cells. While the concept itself isn’t something new, spray-on technology in the past has been so

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

After the resounding success of rooftop solar in the Indian state of Gujrat, other states in the country are scrambling to launch programs of their own. Tamil Nadu, a state that has faced power supply and

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These Homemade Solar Lanterns Will Light Up Your Night!

These Homemade Solar Lanterns Will Light Up Your Night!

Harness the power of the sun just like a superhero with this creative solar-powered craft project. Grab a used mason jar and an inexpensive solar lantern from your local hardware store to make a

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